Conor McGregor Teases Boxing Bout With Manny Pacquiao
Pacman' wished the Irishman a happy birthday after he turned 32 recently and after thanking "Emmanuel" for his message, McGregor put '170' at the end.
It's another instance of McGregor being a bit cryptic on social media but the obvious conclusion to draw from the reply would be that he's hinting at a potential fight with eight-division world champion Pacquiao inside the squared circle.
McGregor has fought at 170 lbs in UFC on three occasions, winning twice and losing once, but the weight classes in boxing are of course very different.
He took on Floyd Mayweather at light middleweight (154 lbs) in his money-spinning boxing debut back in 2017 but if he's talking about meeting Pacquiao at 170, it would have to be a catchweight bout.
Pacquiao, a 12-time world champion, has never had any issue flip-flopping between the divisions in his glittering career but has done the majority of his most recent fighting at welterweight - having become the oldest ever welterweight champion with his win over Keith Thurman a year ago.
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After his venture into the world of boxing three years back, McGregor has been extremely vocal about wanting to step inside the ring again in the future.
Back in January, during an in depth interview with Ariel Helwani ahead of his triumphant UFC return at the hands of Donald 'Cowboy 'Cerrone', 'the Notorious' claimed he has held talks over a match-up with Pacquiao.
"I would be open to other boxing bouts. Manny has been, we're actually close, there's been a sitch, we're actually close to signing Manny.
"There has been talks about the Manny fight. There was an offer made on that."
He then talked up his interest in securing a world title in boxing and settling the score with Paulie Malignaggi after they became bitter enemies as a result of the sparring controversy that ensued in the build-up to the Mayweather fight.
McGregor recently posted footage of him throwing combinations on the punchbag but looked less than impressive, with the general consensus being that he should stick to MMA in the near future.